If there’s one thing that Boston Bruins fans have learned in the past decade or two it is that former players can come back to bite you in the backside. Here’s where some of the past wearers of Black and Gold are now:
The Vancouver Canucks seem to be putting together a collections. Andrew Alberts has been in town for parts of two seasons, he was traded from the Bruins to the Flyers after two and a half seasons in a Bruins uniform. From there the former Bruins.com vlogger made a pit stop in Hurricanes country before moving to the pacific northwest. Early in the off season they scoffed up Patrice Bergeron’s former linemate Marco Sturm. The longest tenured German in NHL history was a victim of the cap crunch and the solid play of others when he was sold down the river to the LA Kings for not quite a bag of beads and trinkets, he was later shuffled to Washington where he rode the playoff wave with the Capitals picking up a goal and two assists. He’ signed to a one year deal. Former fourth liner Byron Bitz who was part of the Dennis Seidenberg trade is also a recent acquisition of the Canucks. All three, along with any other shades of Bruins past the Canucks pick up will be in town January 7th.
Brian Rolston was today traded to the New York Islanders from the New Jersey Devils. The now 38 year old Rolston put up 31 goals for the Bruins in 2001-2. No doubt he’ll be filling some of the leadership void left by Doug Weight. Who knows, with him, a healthy Mark Streit, and their rather plucky group of young forwards they might sneak into the playoffs this season. Last year despite only playing 65 games he had just three points less than the previous seasons 80 game total. He’ll be skating with another former Bruin in depth center Marty Reasoner who played just 19 games for Boston.
Speedy winger Sergei Samsanov is still without an NHL team. Last season in time split between the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers he put up his second best point total since leaving the Boston Bruins. At thirty two, the small Russian is arguably one of the top two or three forwards left on the UFA market.
Also without an NHL contract is former Bruins grinder Steve Begin. After departing the home dressing room on Causeway he spent just two games in the NHL last season and played less than forty in the AHL. Begin is best known in for breaking a vertebrae in Marc Savard’s back when he played for the Canadiens.
Three former Bruins blueliners are also without a place to hang their skates as of yet. Nick Boynton perhaps best remembered for his contentious relationship with the then Bruins front office has spent time with five different NHL teams since leaving town after the 2005-6 season. Paul Mara who was traded to the New York Rangers for Aaron Ward, has since spent time in Anaheim and Montreal. Shane Hnidy the twice a Bruin defender who rode to the Cup with Boston this year, is still available. Given how little he played in his stay here in Boston he may end up flashing his badge in some sort of development or scouting role in the near future.